STUDENTS FROM FERGUSSON COLLEGE, PUNE CALL ON VICE PRESIDENT




STUDENTS FROM FERGUSSON COLLEGE, PUNE CALL ON VICE PRESIDENT

A delegation of 25 students of Political Science from Fergusson College, Pune, (Maharashtra) called on the Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari here today. These students accompanied by two faculty members are here on a study tour on ‘Indian Politics & Parliament’.


The Vice President interacted with the students on various social, educational, economic and political issues and wished them a bright career ahead.

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35 MLAs from Maharashtra call on PM

35 first-time MLAs from Maharashtra called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in Parliament House today. They were accompanied by the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Shri Haribhau Bagde.

Highlighting the Union Government`s initiatives towards Cooperative Federalism, the Prime Minister said, States have been allocated 62 per cent of the total resources in the Union Budget, while only 38 per cent have been left for use by the Centre. He also spoke about the Union Government`s acceptance of the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission regarding devolution of 42 per cent of the divisible pool of taxes to States. He said that the States would also benefit from the proceeds from the coal auctions and the enhanced mineral royalties.

The Prime Minister suggested that these additional funds and resources at the disposal of the States should be primarily directed towards infrastructure building.

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Four laning of six highways under the National Highways Development Project in the States of West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to six projects (10 packages)  of a total length of 712 kilometres and a total cost of Rs. 12,646 crore were approved  under various phases of National Highways Development Project.   The list of packages is as follows:



These highway projects are located in the States of West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.

The expenditure to be incurred on these projects is to be borne by the Government of India in public interest.

All these projects will convert the existing two-laning highway projects into high quality four-laning highway projects thereby catalyzing the economic development of the regions along the corridors of these highways.

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Extension of PDS Kerosene and Domestic LPG Subsidy Scheme, 2002 and Freight Subsidy (for Far flung Areas) Scheme, 2002

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to extend the PDS Kerosene and Domestic LPG Subsidy Scheme, 2002 and Freight Subsidy (for far-flung areas) Scheme, 2002 for a period of one year that is up to 31st March, 2015.

The approval will help in reducing the under-recovery of the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs).

The Government was providing a subsidy of Rs.22.58 per 14.2 kg. LPG cylinder and Rs.0.82 per litre on PDS Kerosene and Domestic LPG Subsidy Scheme, 2002. Besides, freight subsidy was also being provided to PDS Kerosene and Domestic LPG consumers in far-flung areas under the Freight Subsidy (for far-flung areas) Scheme, 2002. These two schemes ended on 31st March, 2014.

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NPCIL pursuing various public outreach programmes in Kudankulam and its surrounding areas

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) is pursuing its public outreach programme at Kudankulam, its surrounding areas and Tamil Nadu state to reach out to all sections of the society and allay the apprehensions about the safety of nuclear power, the project and all related issues in a credible manner. A multi-pronged approach has been adopted in this regard. Some of the main initiatives undertaken include:

Creation and distribution of single sheet pamphlets on various aspects of nuclear energy in simple local language

Distribution of books, comics, CDs etc. about the project

Organising site visits

TV Commercials, Radio Jingles and short films in theatres

Organising Exhibitions

Lecture Presentations in Schools and Colleges

Media Briefings and scientific meets for Journalists

Briefing of Sarpanchs, Peoples representatives, community leaders, state and local officials etc.

E awareness through NPCIL website.

Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI), a public sector undertaking of this Department which is constructing a Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor of 500 MW capacity at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu has also taken up neighborhood development activities focusing on four broad areas viz., Education, Health, Infrastructure and Environment and skill development.

This information was provided by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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ISRO to carry out a test flight of Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) by second quarter of 2015

The reusable vehicle will bring down the cost of satellite launches

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will carry out a test flight of Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) by second quarter of 2015. Technology Demonstrator winged body vehicle weighing 1.5T will be lofted to a height of 70 km using solid booster, thus attaining 5 times the speed of sound. Thereafter it will descend by gliding and splashing down into the sea. This test flight would demonstrate the Hypersonic aerodynamics characteristics, Avionics system, Thermal protection system, Control system and Mission management.

Development of Reusable Launch Vehicles is a technical challenge and it involves development of many cutting edge technologies. The magnitude of cost reduction depends on development and realization of fully reusable launch vehicle and its degree of reusability.

ISRO has taken steps to develop next generation launch vehicle GSLV MkIII, capable of launching 4 ton class communication satellites to Geo-synchronous Transfer Orbit, which would bring down the cost of satellite launches.

This information was provided by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Department of Space has taken multi-pronged approach to provide Space education to the youths in the country

The Department of Space has taken multi-pronged approach to disseminate or to provide formal education on important subjects coming under Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the youths in the country as under:

Department of Space (Dos) has established an academic institution viz., Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (lIST) at Thiruvananthapuram with a prime objective of providing highly specialised academic programmes in the niche areas of Space. The Institute is offering Undergraduate programmes, Post graduate programmes and Doctoral programmes to the youth of the country.

Dos has established an academic and training institute viz., Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) at Dehradun. The institute offers Post graduate diploma and Masters courses in Remote Sensing, Geo-informatics, Environment and Atmospheric sciences, Urban planning, etc.

The Department has developed curriculum in the areas of Remote Sensing & GIS for PG programme and assisted various academic institutions to establish the required laboratory infrastructure and administer the academic programme.

The Department has also provided technical and scientific support to students and faculty members of various academic institutions to design, develop and realise small satellites by the respective institution. The Department has also extended the support of free launch services to place the students` satellites in orbit.

The Department has also tied up with various academic institutions to undertake research and related activities in the field of Planetary Science and Exploration.

To promote Space Science education amongst the youth, the Department has identified few academic institutions to support and strengthen the research in space sciences in the universities through guidance and funding.

The Department has also encouraged academic institutions to participate in the scientific satellite missions by providing flight worthy payloads duly developed by the academia.

The Department has also instituted Research Fellowships Scheme in academia to promote space science research work at national laboratories.

The Department has involved many academic and autonomous research institutions to work in the areas of climate and weather of the Sun-Earth system through funding and definition of research themes.

As a collaborative approach with academic institutions and research institutions, the Department has been running the Joint Astronomy Programme, where in the selected student will pursue research in Astronomy and Astrophysics leading to award of Ph.D degree.

This information was provided by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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The fourth satellite IRNSS-1D to be launched soon

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is setting up Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to provide positioning and navigational services in Indian mainland and surrounding region up to 1500 Km.

IRNSS consists of seven satellites in a constellation, three satellites in geostationary orbit and four satellites in geosynchronous orbit. The objective of IRNSS is to provide positioning services over Indian region with an absolute position accuracy of better than 20 metres. IRNSS provides two services namely Standard Positioning Service (SPS) for Civilian users and Restricted Service (RS) for strategic users.

Out of the 7 satellites required in the constellation, three satellites namely, IRNSS-1A, 1B & 1C have already been successfully placed in the orbit. The fourth satellite IRNSS-1D is scheduled for launch during March 2015. The work on remaining three satellites is in progress. The associated ground segment for maintaining the satellites in orbit, monitoring the constellation status, correction of the orbital parameters and navigation data uploading is in place.

This information was provided by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.


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Issue of Allocation of Coal Blocks for Karnataka Power Plants

Minister of chemicals and fertilizers convenes a meeting with the union coal minister and karnataka political leaders to discuss the issue of allocation of coal blocks for state power plants

Shri Siddarmaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka had requested the intervention of Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers for taking up the issue of allocation of coal blocks located at Baranj, Kiloni and Manodadeep (integrated Baranj) to their Bellary Thermal Power Station which was earlier allocated to them in 2003 and now cancelled by the Hon’b’le Supreme Court, as discontinuance of coal would adversely affect the supply of coal to the Thermal Power Station from April, 2015.

Chief Minister also requested for allocation of coal mines for their Gaodhna power plant in Chhatisgarh which the State Government has taken up as Joint Venture with NTPC. KPCL has already applied for allocation of coal blocks in both these places. Shri D.K. Shivakumar, Minister for Power, Govt. of Karnataka had also submitted a letter personally to Shri Ananth Kumar for the same issue requesting for his intervention.

Shri Ananth Kumar convened a meeting in this regard in his office at Parliament House with Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Coal & Power (I/C) in which Shri B.S. Yediyurappa, former Chief Minister, Karnataka, Shri Sadanand Gowda, Union Minister, Shri Siddeshwar, Union Minister of State, Shri D.K. Shivakumar, Minister for Power, Govt. of Karnataka and all Members of Parliament from all parties from karnataka were also present.

Shri Piyush Goyal assured the Hon’ble Minister that the issue would be got examined by his Ministry and all possible help would be provided by his Ministry. Shri Piyush Goyal also referred this matter in the Lok Sabha today in his reply.

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Experts Deliberate upon National Aviation University

Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati inaugurated a day long workshop on National Aviation University here today. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma was also present on the occasion. Key officials of the Ministry and experts from the industry and academia deliberated upon measures to sort out initial steps for the University which is soon to be set up. The workshop aimed to arrive at an integrated perspective on post-graduate and under graduate education, research domains, executive education, industry linkages and skilling, faculty sourcing and Ministry-University relationship.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati said that the objective of the University shall be to develop academic standards of an international level and undertake other measures as it may deemed fit to facilitate the development for skilled aviation manpower including the licensed category of aviation personnel. He added that a sense of direction should guide the measures for promoting innovation in teaching-learning process and undertaking inter-disciplinary studies and research.

Drawing attention of the participants towards the shortage of manpower in the sector, Dr. Mahesh Sharma emphasized that deliberations at the workshop should be a guiding map for the civil aviation industry. He said that the university would facilitate and promote aviation studies with focus on emerging areas of studies such as aviation management, aviation regulation and policy.

The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Act, 2013 received the assent of the President on 18th September, 2013 to establish a university by the name of “Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University” at Fursatganj in district Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. The National Aviation University aims, inter alia, to create an ambience for learning and scholarship in aviation technology and to develop various programmes for airlines, airport, aviation authorities and staff.

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